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Common Name: Whitestem Rubber Rabbitbrush

Scientific Name: Ericameria nauseosa

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildlife habitat improvement
~Soil stabilization
~Revegitation of disturbed sites

Height: 2-6 feet

Colors: Green and yellow flowers

Flowering Season: Late July

Soil Types: All Textures

Tolerances: Fair acid, salt and alkali

Sun or Shade: Full Sunlight

Minimum Precipitation: 6-12 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 0.2 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 450,000-750,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall/Spring

Planting Depth: Rough surfact to 1/8 inch



Rubber Rabbitbrush, also known as Chamisa, is a deciduous shrub that can be found throughout much of the western United States. There are several sub-species each with unique characteristics, this plant is adaptable to all soil textures and a wide range of elevations. This shrub is adapted to all soil textures and can be found at elevations ranging from 2,000 to 9,000 feet. It is generally fair in terms of its tolerance to acidity, salt, and alkali, and it is also cold-tolerant. Rubber Rabbitbrush is a vigorous plant that can be an aggressive spreader, and it is typically fire-tolerant.

The palatability of Rubber Rabbitbrush can vary depending on the sub-species, season, and animal type. Despite this variability, the shrub is commonly used in wildlife habitat improvement projects due to its ability to provide food and cover for a variety of wildlife species. Additionally, Rubber Rabbitbrush is valuable for soil stabilization and the revegetation of disturbed sites due to its vigorous, aggressive spreading and deep-rooted characteristics. This plant is particularly well-suited to establishing on severely harsh sites, making it a popular choice for land managers looking to restore damaged or degraded areas.



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Photo Credit: Matt Lavin, Robb Hannawacker and Tom Koerner

Rubber Rabbitbrush


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